The Buccaneers will be without two offensive players as they fight for a playoff bid next week against the Saints.
FB Earnest Graham and WR Arrelious Benn were both injured in the team's Week 16 win over the Seahawks. Graham left the game with a neck injury when Seahawks LB Aaron Curry hit him in the back of the helmet in the second quarter. The Bucs said it was not a concussion, but the injury is "week-to-week."
Benn, a rookie, injured his knee in the second quarter and left the game. The Bucs placed him on injured reserve.
For the season, Graham has a rushing and receiving touchdown along with 229 total yards. Benn is third on the team with 395 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The way we see it
Benn had a slow start to the season, playing in the shadow of fellow rookie Mike Williams, but had come on of late. He had a 4-122 receiving game against the Redskins. Expect to see more of Micheal Spurlock and Sammie Stroughter with Benn out Sunday. Graham is a reliable fullback who gets plenty of touches, so that would be a tough loss for the Bucs' backfield.